16 Songs, 1 Hour, 11 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

85 Ratings

85 Ratings



all his good older songs are really good

Reggae For he masses


Finally, people recognize this kind of Hawaii oriented music that has made such an impact on music society

Absolutely Inspirational


As a lifelong Bob Marley fan, I can honestly say that Damian "Jr Gong" Marley has not only the knowledge his fath possesed, but the talents as well. I was turned onto Damian by my Aunt and Uncle, the same Aunt and Uncle that gave me Bob's "Survival" album when I was 10 years old after going into remission from leukemia. I can remember laying on the floor with headphones listening to Bob preach and teach me, some of his more prophetic versus not comming to full light until recently. Over the last 14 years I have been learning spirituality and humanity through the words of Bob Marley. On this album, from "Educated Fools" to "Born to Be Wild", Damian shows the same unapologetic contempt for the Babylon System, poverty, war, racism and hatred as his father did in his works. Listening to the album in it's entirety is a breath of fresh air in these tense times in the history of the world. I have yet to hear anyone touch on as many subjects with such diversity as "JR Gong" has here. This is a must hear for any social conscience person who is looking for something with substance and spirituality. I look forward to hearing future works from Damian and the Marley Family. May the Lord of Lords continue to give them the strength and insight to uphole the struggle against the oppressors.

About Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

Damian Marley was only two when his father died, but the youngest of the Marley sons had music deeply imprinted in his DNA. At the age of 13, he formed his first band, the Shepherds, which also included the son of Third World's Cat Coore and the daughter of Freddie McGregor; the group even opened up the 1992 Reggae Sunsplash festival. His debut solo release ‘School Controversy’ faltered, although his lineage led to the track being featured on Epic Record’s Positively Reggae: An All Family Musical Celebration. In 1993, performing as Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, he toured alongside Shabba Ranks on the ragga DJ’s World Unity Concert. In 1995 the Marley genealogy led to a partnership with Julian Marley, who joined him at performances on the Reggae Sunsplash and Sumfest festivals. The success of their performance led to an international tour supporting Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers that covered South, Central and North America and culminated in the Marley Magic: A Marley Family Reunion in New York’s Central Park.

Thanks to his success as a live performer, Tuff Gong subsidiary Ghetto Youths International signed him and in 1996, released his first solo album, Mr. Marley. The sessions were co-produced by his brother Stephen and featured Damian’s unique dancehall-meets-hip-hop DJ style. His next album, 2001's Halfway Tree, earned a Grammy nomination, but the public generally overlooked the ambitious album. Not so for the reggae-meets-hip-hop single "Welcome to Jamrock," which became an urban phenomenon soon after its summer 2005 release. Street-level mixtapes began featuring it, radio couldn't get enough of it, and remixes -- both legal and not so legal -- began appearing at a fast pace. The well-rounded album Welcome to Jamrock delivered on the promise of the single that same year, reaching the Top Ten and eventually winning a Best Reggae album Grammy. It featured a wide range of guests, from Bobby Brown to Bunny Wailer, as it blended hip-hop, classic reggae, dancehall and modern R&B.

In the years that followed, Marley kept up a busy schedule of guest appearances on albums by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey and his brother Stephen. In 2010, he teamed with Nas on the Africa-themed album Distant Relatives, that made even more clear Marley's link to the hip-hop community. The next few years saw Marley back as a featured player on albums by Bruno Mars, Joss Stone, Sean Paul, and Shaggy, and releasing a single with Skrillex in 2012, all while touring and working slowly on a new album. The long-awaited Stony Hill was issued by Island Records in 2017, the same year he guested on Jay Z's 4:44 album. ~ John Bush

    Kingston, Jamaica
  • BORN
    July 21, 1978




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